Samsung is ditching the microSD card slot on the Galaxy S21 line
Searching for a cellphone with a microSD card slot? You will need to avoid .
Having been current on earlier Galaxy S telephones, Samsung is lastly dropping the microSD card slot for expandable native storage on its newest units. Though the transfer is just not utterly stunning — Samsung did not embrace the choice on final yr’s Galaxy Z Fold 2 and foldables — it does imply you will want to be extra considerate in selecting how a lot storage you need your new cellphone to have once you purchase it.
“Over time, SD card usage has markedly decreased on smartphones because we’ve expanded the options of storage available to consumers,” the South Korean electronics giant said in a statement. Samsung starts the base storage for its entire S21 line at 128GB, with a 256GB option available for just $50 more. Those looking to maximize their storage, however, will need to pony up $1,380 (£1,329, AU$2,149) for the S21 Ultra, which is the only phone available with 512GB of storage.
Although a number of Android phones now ship with 128GB of storage space as the default option, rival Apple’s iPhone 12 and 12 Mini still start at 64GB of storage. Only the pricier iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max models have a base storage of 128GB, though Apple never supported expandable storage for its phones.
For those looking to offload files, Samsung notes that its new phones support the latest wireless technologies including 5G and Wi-Fi 6E, which should lead to faster uploading and downloading of files saved on cloud storage platforms like Microsoft’s OneDrive and Google’s Drive.